This morning, while waiting for the bus I was perusing my friends facebook updates, cause, thats what we do to keep up with some people these days (not a complaint mind you… I find facebook and other social media very useful for this).Â While catching up, I found this update from a somewhat long lost friend…
â€œI am so proud of S*****. They were practicing a song at school and were told that they had to substitute the word “Holiday” for “Christmas” She of course refused and will not be singing for the talent show.â€
This kicked off my usual inner debate on this topic, and that fascinating unilateral discussion was in full swing when I happened upon this comment (to her update) which very closely mirrors many of my own feelings on the matter (it was almost like there was an echo in my head!!!)
â€œFor some reason, it has become acceptable to be exclusive of select holiday beliefs instead of all inclusive…quite sad….there is so much to celebrate from everywhere!â€
Such a simple statement, summarizing what I was struggling to say (to myself!!!) succinctly and accurately.Â In short, we are trying to fix problems whoâ€™s solutions require inclusion with exclusivity.
I do not believe our founding fathers established separation between church and state (which, technically, they didnâ€™t do, by the way – they outlawed the creation of a state religion, but did nothing to forbid religion – i.e. prayer – from schools or state functions) in order to create intolerance or religious sterility.
Rather, I believe, this was done to allow and accept diversity; not to create a non-theistic society, but rather to create an environment in which a poli-theistic population would be able to co-exist with their neighbors and appreciate what each contributed to the proverbial great American Melting Pot.
As my friends friend said so well… â€œthere is so much to celebrate from everywhere,â€ and, I might add, so much to learn as well.
So, in the midst of this holiday season, hereâ€™s a toast to Christmas and Kwanza and Chanukah and yes, even National Fruitcake Day (December 27th)!!!
Happy holidays everyone… and by that I mean Everyone!!!